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Thursday, August 18, 2022 — Houston, TX

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Maba: Mixing Flavors in Midtown

(04/05/17 11:18pm)

Maba Pan-Asian Diner is a recent addition to Midtown’s food scene, serving Asian fusion in a cool and trendy setting. As a counter service restaurant, Maba offers a wide variety of dishes at affordable prices, without the hassle of splitting the bill with your group. However, the ambience and interior decor make it feel decidedly more upscale.

Oporto Is A Happy Hour Heaven

(03/23/17 3:22am)

Happy hours typically call to mind half-priced beers and cocktails at the local bar, but what should really draw everyone’s attention is the cheap eats. Several restaurants offer happy hour specials, sometimes for dishes off their regular menu, throughout the week. For those who want to venture past the servery for Friday dinner, I enthusiastically recommend Oporto Fooding House and Wine. This Portuguese-Indian fusion restaurant offers happy hour bites that pack a punch without pounding your wallet.

From Food Truck to Hip Bungalow

(03/23/17 3:10am)

Starting as a Vietnamese fusion food truck, Les Ba’get upgraded to its first permanent location in a Montrose bungalow a few years ago. Blink and you might miss it — the house is tucked in a narrow side street off Montrose Boulevard with a small parking lot out front. Its location across the street from Inversion Coffee House makes it a perfect Saturday afternoon destination for studying at Inversion and dinner at Les Ba’get.

There’s a New Killen’s in Town

(03/01/17 7:41pm)

First there was Killen’s Steakhouse, sourcing top quality steaks from around the country to fulfill a carnivore’s dream. Next came Killen’s Barbecue, famous for its hour-long lines and wood-smoked meats. Then opened Killen’s Burgers, serving up classic burgers with fantastic cuts of meat in a retro-feeling diner. The only problem was that all of these places are at least 30 minutes away in Pearland, which won’t do for a busy Rice student. So, as you can imagine, I was excited to see that Ronnie Killen would open his first outpost in the city of Houston this winter.

New Addition to Chinatown Spices Things Up

(02/15/17 11:25pm)

Many of the Chinese restaurants around Houston serve food from the Hunan or Sichuan provinces, although Chinese cuisine encompasses many regional cuisines. However, Uyghur Bistro, a restaurant that opened last year in the same strip mall as H-Mart on Bellaire differentiates itself from these other restaurants by serving dishes from Xinjiang. Also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, this province borders Mongolia and Kazakhstan and is home to the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic group, that also live in other Central Asian countries.

Riding through the Hill Country

(01/26/17 3:21am)

This article is the second of a two-part series, the first of which covered a weekend in Big Bend and Marfa and this week, I will cover some cool places to stop during the drive. There are two major routes you can take to get to west Texas: One passes through San Antonio and the other passes through Austin and the Hill Country. Although I wanted to visit the Alamo so I too could agree that it’s disappointing in person, we ultimately decided to pass through the Hill Country to maximize our sightseeing.

A Long Weekend for Hikers and Hipsters Alike

(01/18/17 11:12pm)

As a native Californian whose first trip to Texas was my senior year Rice visit, I was largely unfamiliar with the tourist attractions that this state has to offer. However, this past weekend changed that as I was able to leave the Rice, and Houston, bubble to do some exploring with a willing partner. This is a two-part series, this week will cover Big Bend National Park and Marfa, Texas and the next part will focus on Texas Hill Country Our road trip was four days total; this article will discuss the two days in Big Bend and Marfa and the next article will discuss the two days in the Hill Country. If you’re looking for unforgettable art and nature during midterm recess in February or spring break in March, consider this road trip.

Andes Cafe boasts varied South American fare

(10/26/16 8:49pm)

If you’re looking to go south of the border for your next Saturday dinner, Andes Cafe is a great place to expand your food horizons beyond North America. Located close to downtown, off Navigation Boulevard (right by Ninfa’s for those of you who would rather stick with Tex-Mex), Andes Cafe is a cute restaurant with a Latin American flair. As you walk inside, prepare to see a colorful mural covering the walls and to be overwhelmed by an extensive menu.

Souffles Shine at Rise No2

(10/18/16 3:03am)

For those who have always dreamed of dining at a cute bistro in Paris but are grounded in the reality of being a college student, rise n°2 may be the place for you to live out your fantasy at a more reasonable price. Tucked in the corner of the second floor of BLVD Place, the development that houses a big Whole Foods and other trendy restaurants, rise n°2 is a French cafe that specializes in souffles.

West African cuisine shines at Afrikiko

(09/20/16 1:52am)

If you’re looking to go off the beaten path, or even off the continent, for a Saturday dinner, consider trying Afrikiko Restaurant. Located in the middle of an eclectic strip mall, this place may defy your expectations of a restaurant; there are only about five tables and a counter with some stools. That said, what Afrikiko lacks in accommodations, it makes up for in flavor and customer service.